Cynthia Rowley has been doing the modish-sportif thing for years. But this season she decided to break out her running pants and rash guards into a full-blown fitness category. At her Tuesday presentation the designer separated the activewear looks from the ready-to-wear, rather than mixing them together as she has in the past. “It’s about making fitness pretty instead of making pretty sporty,” she said of the line, which includes a fetching metallic bike helmet, black leggings with “Cynthia Rowley” scrolled up the side in gold, and a pair of scalloped running shorts. Big silhouette this season was cropped kick flares, which would work as well with a pair of athletic slides as they did with Rowley’s high-heel mules. Indeed, it was obvious that, although they may now be separate, the two lines go very much hand in hand.
What better way to say something nice than with flowers? For Spring/Summer 2015, Desigual and the recognized French fashion designer Christian Lacroix, have magnified this timeless tradition by giving bouquets to all the women in the world with their new “Happy Casual” Collection. Inspired by nature’s flora and fauna, this season presents a colorful, multicultural bouquet. A cool Mediterranean spirit combined with South African motifs; classic English garden blooms meet the Iberian Peninsula’s landscape; and a western countryside is influenced by sweeping European geometry.
In his debut for Perry Ellis, Michael Maccari excels the American icon with the brand’s main collection paired with sophisticated play of fabrics, color, pattern and layers. Inspired by his environment, New York City’s architectural grids, linear elements along with the work of artist Sean Scully and his repetitive stripe sequences and bold colors, Mr. Maccari invited a fresh view on timeless dressing and layering. Unexpected fabrics and bold, playful patterns cue a new “uniform” and introduce a new take on wear-to-work wear. Performance textiles dressed up and alternatively refined dress fabrics were shown in active silhouettes. In a nod to the brand’s namesake, refreshing patterns, black-and-white graphics, tonal checker-boards and bold striping will punctuate the collection. In this newest offering from Perry Ellis, Mr. Maccari introduces athletic layers, fresh details and a glazed, modern palette to create an honest approach to blending active and sportswear.